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Draft National Ethics Standards

5 July 2018

The National Ethics Advisory Committee is in the process of finalising the draft 2018 National Ethics Standards, developed by a working group. The Standards will soon be available for public consultation on both NEAC’s web page, and the Ministry of Health’s web page.

The Standards for public consultation merge the two current 2012 guidelines into one cohesive document, and aim to address gaps in the existing guidelines. Many sections have been updated, addressing new ethical challenges such as genomics, data ethics, and biobanking. The new Standards have been strengthened by reference to Māori ethical values throughout. They are intended to be used by all conducting health and disability research and by both institutional and regulatory ethics committees.


National Ethical Guidelines review

20 September 2017

The Ministry of Health has established a Working Party to develop a draft set of National Ethical Guidelines for Health and Disability Research.  The new Guidelines document will incorporate both ethical standards (minimum required practice) and ethical guidelines (recommended best practice) and will take a risk-based approach. Find out more.

Ethical review information and advice

For information and advice on the ethical review of studies by a Health and Disability Ethics Committee, including a copy of the application form, please visit the Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs) website.